A philosophy driven by social justice.

Pets for Life is transforming the lives of dogs and cats by honoring the love people have for their pets, closing the service gap that exists for people and pets in underserved areas and bringing awareness in a new way to larger systemic inequities and injustices. Poverty and structural inequality create obstacles to affordable veterinary and pet wellness services similar to the challenges and barriers to accessing healthy food, education, jobs, health care and housing. With tens of millions of pets living with families in poverty—at least triple the number of dogs and cats entering shelters—the extreme lack of access to pet resources is a national crisis overlooked by most.

Portrait of Denise Young with her dog Drama.
HAND TO HAND

After more than a year of life in lockdown, Drama’s not used to having multiple visitors vie for her attention. The pup is peering shyly out from her crate and letting her feline brother, Mr. Mo, hog the spotlight as members of the HSUS Pets for Life team in Philadelphia drop off leashes and cat litter on a hot August afternoon. But Drama’s owner, Denise Young, is overjoyed to welcome these familiar faces back into her Fairhill home—if it weren’t for them, Drama probably would’ve died almost three years ago.

Pets for Life client Denise Young sits with pup Drama during a supply drop-off. Meredith Lee / The HSUS
Serving communities—and their animals

Everyone’s lives can be enhanced by a pet and those who choose to should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love and meaningful relationship a pet brings. At its core, Pets for Life challenges the institutions that create and perpetuate divisiveness, unjust policies and a stark imbalance in resource accessibility.

Where is Pets for Life?

Bridging the gap between animal service providers and millions of people and pets living in poverty requires a collaborative effort, and the movement is always growing. Explore the map below to see where Pets for Life programs are currently making an impact all across the country and to learn about each of our dedicated partners.

 

 

Did you know?
Cat at Pets for Life Event
20+
MILLION

Pets live in poverty with their families in the United States.

Puppy at Pets for Life event
88%
OF PETS

In underserved communities are unaltered (not spayed or neutered).

Line of people and their pets at Pets for Life event
250,000
PETS

Served through the Pets for Life program.

Sweet dog being help by owner waiting at a Pets For Life event in Philadelphia.

Many wonderful pet owners in the United States face immense financial and geographic barriers in accessing veterinary and pet care services. Your support honors the common love of, and connection to, animals that transcends socio-economic, racial, ethnic and geographic boundaries. 

Lisa Phillips